Today,the world of computers and technology has lost one of it’s best innovators and visionaries, Mr. Steve Jobs.
I’m not sure how many of my readers know my educational background, but I have a good basis in computer science – in fact, I have an associates in science degree in programming. So, this loss hits home. To add to the loss, is the fact that I got to meet Steve Jobs when I was younger. It’s the first and only time I’ve ever been star struck. How did I meet him? Well, when I was 10 or 11 I went to a technology expo fair in Boston at the Bayside Expo Center. I went with my father and even got my own name tag that said, “Roopa – CEO of Mischief”. Being in the midst of all the technology, I was thrilled. I’ve always been interested in science and tech. So, I was already excited as could be with that fact alone. However, the icing on the cake was hearing a talk from Steve Jobs.
Having been interested in computers since I was 4, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were like my Gods. Having the opportunity to be in the same room as them was inspiring in and of itself to a tech-addict such as myself. I remember sitting in the 3rd row, in the aisle just feet away from the legend during his talk, and I remember him looking amused at this little girl in a room full of 50-something males. He gave a very inspirational talk and mentioned how age (he pointed at me), nor gender (pointing at me) mattered. What did? It’s motivation and inspiration that should drive each of us. Of course, I’m paraphrasing here because I unfortunately don’t remember enough of the talk to quote here for you.
The point is simply this – Steve Jobs has been an inspiration for so many individuals. He’s also the father of the personal computer (he invented the Mac IIC). I remember using my first Mac in first grade – it was a IIC. I mostly remember the Turtle game and basic programs, but since the first mac, you could sense Macs would be a big deal. It also got me interested in programming because I hoped one day I could make interesting computer games.
It’s not that I never wanted to own a Mac… because I always wanted my own Mac. However, over time, I didn’t turn into a full-fledged Mac user simply because it was easier and more cost-effective to buy a PC and repair it myself to keep it running. When the iMacs came out in the late 90s-early 2000s, I wanted an orange iMac! Every time we went to CompUSA (back when it existed) I would be glued to the Mac section exploring the features on my coveted mac. I’m sure nerds everywhere would agree that when the colorful macs came out, they were like kids in a candy store – in complete awe of the new toys that had come into being.
Ultimately, I never got my orange iMac. However, last year, having begun my journey to become a full-fledged attorney – that’s right I’m pursuing a JD – I finally caved and got a MacBook… with an orange cover!
In 1986, Steve Jobs bought Pixar and was even executive producer of Toy Story. Then he bought Next. In this re-birth of the Apple brand, Steve Jobs launched the iPod (governing music), iTouch, MacBook, MacBook air, iPhone, and most notably the iPad, which would again revolutionize the world of computers. I of course own an iPod – who doesn’t – but I really hope to get an iPad soon.
My love of animation too can directly be correlated to two main companies – 1 being LucasArts, and the other, being Pixar.
So, thank you Steve Jobs for all you shared with the world and for being such an inspirational person.
Interesting article on the History of the iMac (1998-2006):
My fav Steve Jobs quotes:
“Your time is limited..don’t waste it living someone else’s life. ”
“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” (Steve’s rumored to have lured John Sculley into being Apple’s CEO)
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
“My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.”
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
RIP Steve Jobs 2011